One of the oldest botanical gardens in Britain, London's Chelsea Physic Garden has 5,000 different healing and historical plants to peruse.

Chelsea Physic Garden, London

The Chelsea Physic Garden has been around since 1673, but only opened it’s doors to the public for the first time in 1983 and so it retains that hidden-gem like charm that for hundreds of years kept it away from prying eyes. Established as an Apothecaries’ Garden to support the science of healing, it’s brimming with wonderful remedial plants and stories about the development of medicines from them. Geeking out on the guided tour is highly recommended and then go for a pot of tea and a huge slab of cake in the cafe after. You’ll leave inspired (Vogue’s Grace Coddington did recently when she was in town).

OPENED: as the Apothecaries’ Garden in London, England, in 1673.
OPEN: 11am-5pm
BEST TIME TO GO: Spring/summer for flowers.
COLLECTION: around 5,000 different edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants.
INSIDER TIPS: Don’t miss the Thursday Supper Talks, worth checking out in advance as they sell out.
GOOD TO KNOW: Last entry is 30 minutes before closing,

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